SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Today, we focus on Your Sift Score — your secret tustworthiness score. This is the latest manifestation of a Big Brother mentality.
Floridians Can Now Garden in Their Front Yards
Florida Will Generously Allow Homeowners to Garden in Their Own Yards. (A hat tip to H.L. for the link.)
Google’s News Blacklist
A New CBD Oil Vendor
SurvivalBlog’s newest advertiser, Touchstone Essentials, sells CBD oil–commonly called Hemp Oil. This is a semi-controversial product. At least for now, the low-THC variety that they sell is reportedly legal in all 50 States. Given it’s many uses, I recommend stocking some for your retreat medical supplies. It also makes a very compact barter item–so consider stocking up on some for barter, as well. Touchstone Essentials also sells Zeolite for detoxing and Super Green Juice.
Your Secret Trustworthiness Score
From Reader H.L.: We’re All Being Judged By A Secret “Trustworthiness” Score. I pulled out this key passage:
“Nearly everything we buy, how we buy, and where we’re buying from is secretly fed into AI-powered verification services that help companies guard against credit-card and other forms of fraud, according to the Wall Street Journal.
More than 16,000 signals are analyzed by a service called Sift, which generates a “Sift score” ranging from 1 – 100. The score is used to flag devices, credit cards and accounts that a vendor may want to block based on a person or entity’s overall “trustworthiness” score, according to a company spokeswoman. From the Sift website:
Each time we get an event — be it a page view or an API event — we extract features related to those events and compute the Sift Score. These features are then weighed based on fraud we’ve seen both on your site and within our global network, and determine a user’s Score. There are features that can negatively impact a Score as well as ones which have a positive impact.”
More About the SPLC
Reader G.P. suggested this link: Opinion: Southern Poverty Law Center should be investigated
Chris Martenson on the Control Grid
Chris Martenson: The Lab Rat That Survives Is The One Who Escapes. Here is a pointed quote:
“I’ve written consistently about these forces over the years seeking to help you see the structure of the cultural walls that contain us all. I’ve been doing this because achieving success, as well as finding deeper meaning and purpose in life, rests upon increasing our awareness of the forces shaping our beliefs and actions.
This includes being aware of the propaganda, the sophisticated marketing ploys, and the controlling nature of our dominant cultural belief system. Once you can recognize them for what they are, you free yourself from their influence over you.
These systems of diversion and distraction have gotten orders of magnitude more potent over the recent years, pacing with advances in technology. Our brains’ biological wiring is so well-understood now that it’s routinely used against us.
For example, at one particular video gaming company, as part of their orientation, newly-hired developers are required to attend a “dopamine boot camp” in which they learn the best ways to deliver paced rushes of “brain pleasure” chemicals to video game players. Just as a caged rat quickly learns how to depress a bar in order to receive a sip of cocaine-infused water, video game players are intentionally hooked on the carefully-tuned dopamine stimulations that video games are designed to provide.
The stereotype of the non-stop gamer who ignores everything else in life to play videogames throughout the night? There’s a lot of science behind that. Gamers are simply being intentionally turned into addicts by the video game companies. Addicted customers are profitable customers.””
Our Southern Border is Being Overwhelmed
Mark recommended this six-minute video at Fox News: Border Patrol official: Caravan-size influx of migrants arriving every week in Rio Grande Valley. This is a sobering evaluation of the situation.
NY Supreme Court: No More Ban on Unvaccinated Children
For The Man Who Has Everything…
Lastly, G.P. sent us a link to the announcement of a gift “for the man who has everything”: New Products: Brownells BRN-134D™ Minigun